That's how you want to start. After the Lightning had a lackluster first period Saturday vs. Florida, it all but dominated the first against Vancouver, outshooting the Canucks 17-5. Yes, the same Lightning team that did not register five shots in the first against the Panthers. One of those shots Thursday was also a Brayden Point goal.
But that's not how you want to finish. The Lightning gave up two third-period goals and two empty-net goals. It's the reverse of its first game where it finished strong, forced overtime and won in a shootout.
The power play still isn't clicking. The Lightning went 0-for-3 in the opener and failed to convert on five power-play opportunities against the Canucks. Those missed opportunities hurt the Lightning in the end. The penalty kill is clicking, though. Tampa Bay has killed all nine penalties.